Developer: Imacami

Current Version: 3.0

Last Updated: 1 year ago

Download Size: 3 MB - Download


We know that it is not good for the health when spending hour after hour in front of computer screen.
This might effect our bodies negatively, e.g., stiff, throbbing, ...
Recess is really necessary.
We need to take a short break, e.g., try to look outside a window, stand up, stretch the legs, and walk around a bit ...

Sometime we forget to relax, even a small break.
Recess app will remind regularly you to take breaks.
However, if you want to concentrate on your current work, e.g., you are presenting slides, you can pause the Recess.


- Clear and simple
- Quickly access through status bar item
- Set the work and break period
- Easily postpone breaks
- Automatically start at login

Recess lives in your menu bar!!!


Release Notes:

- use native GUI
- add new features:
+ prevent the user from skipping the break
+ blur screen background by overriding a picture when breaking
- add French and Russian (thanks to [email protected])
- fix bugs:
+ when using dark menu bar
+ when changing screen resolution


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2
Review by MiMo81

simple and just works - I’ve been using this for some time now. Its very useful, very stable and a must for people who spend lots of time on their computers

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.1
Review by ARobi

Too rigid in its workflow - I was hoping for more than this app provides. Here are my issues: First, it has no snooze function. The pause just leads to basically turning it off. Secondly, ihe break screen stops the hot corners of the mac. This means that I cannot turn on my screen saver (and hence lock my desktop at work) while the break is underway. As a result, I have to dismiss the break screen, at which time the counter begins counting down again. Also, I don't think that the UI is very well designed. The right-click menu does not bring up a context menu, you have to go through two layers of popups to quit or get to the preferences. Overall I am not happy with its functionality and the way it was designed. I'm uninstalling it after writing this review.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.0
Review by Illi Onato

Good app - Good app! Simple and efficient. One thing I would like to be added is “snooze” option: when Recess interrupts me at the moment when I cannot really stop what I am doing, it would be great is instead of pressing “Done” and basically skipping the whole cycle, I could say “just a minute” (or 5).

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 3.0
Review by R33d79

Ok, Ok, I’ll finally leave a review, you deserve it. - So here’s the deal. I’ve used Recess for quite a while now. It is an INTEGRAL part of my day. I have some back problems because of an injury years ago and this app is a lifesaver in helping to remind me to move around. I have an Autonomous motorized desk and I raise and lower it ever 30 min or so. This keeps me moving and not sedentary which is huge for my health and well-being. It is the simplest of apps and it works perfectly. There is absolutely nothing that I would change about it. As a UX designer, I don’t say that about a lot of things. This is a simple app that solves a problem perfectly and I highly recommend it.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 3.0
Review by gkaczmar

Great Reminder for Taking Breaks - This app has really helped me to regularly take breaks. It’s also very simple- which is another thing I like about it. I’ve tried several other simlar apps, but think this one is the best overall due to its features, clean/simplified design, & ease of use.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 3.0
Review by op157

Great! - Simple, and works well. The only think I would prefer, which would make it less simple, is 2 timers for breaks. 1 timer to look away from the computer &.1 timer to get up and do something for a few minutes.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 3.0
Review by jrt0111

Does exactly what it’s meant to do - I had another app in the past and it was programmed to let me work for 50 minutes, then take a break for 10 minutes. Even that was too difficult a task for that app. I installed Recess about a month ago and it’s been working like a charm. No complaints here. This app does exactly what it’s meant to do.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people